African American Women During the Progressive Era


Images from the American Negro exhibit at the Paris Exposition of 1900, coordinated by W.E.B. Du Bois

Women hoeing a field in Georgia, Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-103813

Women working in a laundry in Richmond, Virginia, Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-118030

Women tobacco workers in Richmond, Virginia, Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-69316

African American women were also involved in reform efforts during the Progressive Era, largely independently from white women. During the Progressive Era, many important changes occurred in the lives of black women. Hundreds of thousands migrated from the South to the North and from rural to urban areas. In addition, many black women moved from employment in agriculture to employment in factories and as domestic servants. In addition to facing sexism, black women also faced institutional racism and overtly violent acts of racism, such as lynching.


















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